Hank Peters, general manager of the Baltimore Orioles, has complained to American League President Lee MacPhail that umpire Ken Kaiser used "bad judgment" and "lost control of himself" in ejecting Orioles first baseman Eddie Murray in Sunday's game in Texas.
Peters said he voiced both "opinions and suggestions" to MacPhail in a Monday phone call, in language that "you can't print."
The Orioles contend that Kaiser has a year-old running feud with Murray, and that he ejected Murray merely for crossing his arms and looking hard at Kaiser during an argument over a disputed checked-swing call.
Peters also has sent to MacPhail films of the 2-1 Rangers victory, saying Kaiser, the first-base umpire, was late and out of position arriving at the plate to call the vital play of the game.
"Kaiser only had to run from first to home for the play (a double into the left field corner), while the runner (who scored) had to go from first to home," said Peters. "But the films show Kaiser couldn't get there in time."
As to whether Kaiser had reached a point where he was prejudiced against the Orioles as a team, Peters said this evening, "That's a deep area." He would not comment further.
This evening, Kaiser was quoted in the Baltimore News American as saying, "I'm telling the truth and the guys there (in Baltimore) are lying." Kaiser was quoted as saying that, although Murray never said anything, he mimicked Kaiser.
As to catcher Rick Dempsey's contention that Kaiser was out of position on the tag play at the plate, Kaiser said, "The reason he said that was he didn't have enough guts to block the plate and the guy got under him."
"Eddie and Kaiser used to talk all the time," the Associated Press quoted one of the Orioles as saying. "They were pretty friendly. But after that thing in Oakland (when Murray disputed a balk call by Kaiser), Eddie refused to talk to him.
"All Eddie did was wave his hand at the guy while he was walking away from him. In spring training (this year), Kaiser went up to Eddie to say a few things. I guess he wanted to get friendly again, and Eddie didn't want to bother with him. So Kaiser . . . told him, 'I can hurt you more than you can hurt me.'"